Archive for March 18th, 2009

Kelo and Collective Neighborhood Bargaining Associations

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Mercatus Center:

The 2005 U.S. Supreme Court Kelo v. City of New London decision set off a storm of protest across the United States when the Court approved the condemnation of private property by the city of New London, Connecticut. New London then planned to sell the properties for private development. Ordinary Americans, as many people saw the matter, were being involuntarily evicted in order for other private parties to take their property at a bargain price. The coercive powers of the government were in effect being captured for private enrichment. The Supreme Court acknowledged these dangers but found that there was ample precedent in American constitutional law for government use of condemnation powers for a wide range of actions, including those of New London. The states, if they wanted, could remedy the situation through the normal political means.